Strange Suggestions with Virginia Mori
Written by: Ozam All Images courtesy of Virginia Mori

Serene beauty immersed in strangeness.  Dancing shamelessly with the darkness that lives in the mind.  Bringing forth images from the annals of the subconscious.  Virginia Mori’s art lives in a world where it is okay to show what you are really thinking.  This Italian innovator delivers images that are so stunning there is little doubt why her career has taken off with exhibitions, books and films.  There is very little to say that her art does not already silently scream.

See her interview and art below.

I am not trying to explain anything with certainty with my art.  I just want to suggest strange … “

Please tell us a little about yourself – your childhood, siblings, where you grew up, what you liked as a child, strange thoughts as a child/now, unique attributes, where you live now, etc.?

I grew up in Pesaro (Italy), near the sea; I have two sisters older than me. I was a “normal” child. I now live alone in the countryside between Pesaro and Urbino, and I’m often in Milan.

What does your art mean to you?

I am not trying to explain anything with certainty with my art.  I just want to suggest strange feelings and situations in a metaphoric way.

Your art is hauntingly beautiful.  Really, really, really beautiful – how do you describe your style of art, what tools do you use for the creation of your work and how did you create your personal style?

Thank you so much! I’m not very good with words, so it is very difficult to describe what I do.  I use a BIC pen for my illustrations and simple pencils for animation.  I can’t say how I arrived at this style. It has been a long and slow journey filled with a lot of research, but everything came very naturally, in a very instinctive way.  I just followed what I like to do.

 If you could use two words to describe yourself, what would those two words be?

Good and Bad.

How do you balance the creativity of your art and the commercial aspects of making a living?

It is a hard thing to do and I rarely find a balance.

Where do you usually get inspiration for you work?

In everything and from everywhere.

What is the worst critique you have ever received about your work? What is the best compliment that you have received about your work?

Most of the times I prefer critiques, so the best critique was when someone stated that the meaning behind my works are often incomprehensible. For me, it is also the best compliment I could have received.

Since Style.No.Chaser is a men’s lifestyle magazine, what attributes/items/clothing /etc. do you think define a man?

This is not my field but I like sincerity in people the most, so I think  what you wear does not represent you.

What is your personal life philosophy? 

I have no philosophy.

When was your most recent art epiphany and what was it about?

I was watching some innards of animals on the web and I had an idea…. an idea about music!

Who dead or alive, celebrity or not, artist or not, would you like to go on a two week road trip with and why?

Roland Topor or Gustave Dorè just because they are dead.

How can people learn more about your current and upcoming works?

I just added a news section in my blog.  I try to update it regularly.  You can also check my Facebook and Instagram. I’m preparing for a new exhibition in Rome in May.  I also just finished my new animated short film called “Haircut” – see the trailer below: